Bruichladdich Octomore 13.4 5 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Octomore is the super-heavily peated single malt produced by Bruichladdich distillery, the most routinely heavily peated in the world. The whisky is named after the farm of the same name, located on a hillside north of the town of Port Charlotte. Having been traditionally an un-peated single malt due to the needs of its former owners for their blends, Murray McDavid were quick to diversify the Bruichladdich portfolio, also introducing the more lightly peated Port Charlotte and Lochindaal.
This limited edition Octomore 13.4 began its maturing life in first fill ex-American whiskey casks for six months before being transferred into 300 litre American virgin oak casks, which had been subjected to a high toast level.

    Nose:    Notes of earthy smoke and rich toasted oak open on the nose, followed by hints of almond, honey and candied peels. The toasted oak releases its complexity as gentle spices and sweet vanilla evolve, before notes of nutmeg, sweet tablet, syrup, chocolate and smoky aniseed. Over time, the citrus notes of the spirit cut through the smoke, bringing vibrant candied peel and grapefruit, with the depth of the oak beautifully balanced against the peat smoke.

    Taste:    Sweet and structured on the palate, a robust texture carries the high strength of the single malt perfectly. Initial notes of toasted oak come to the fore, followed by a subtle hint of tobacco, sweet tablet, golden syrup and clove spiced honey. Complimenting rather than dominating the flavour, gentle peat smoke comes through, beautifully enhancing the toasted notes from the American oak alongside hints of candied peel, praline and geranium.

    Finish:   Peat smoke steps forward as the oak fades, accompanied by notes of smoked fruit, apple, stewed pear and ripe melon. Dried mango and malted barley flour linger before a salty, marine tang.